Battling against $800,000 in campaign commercials by national Democrats, Republican C0ngressional candidate Andrew Roraback is holding three fundraisers with national figures to boost his campaign coffers.
The second is with Dr. Henry Kissinger, the famed former Secretary of State under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, in New York City on Wednesday. Kissinger, 89, has maintained a second home for more than 25 years in Roraback’s district in Kent. Kissinger’s wife, Nancy, is a registered Republican in Kent, while the former Secretary votes in New York City.
Kissinger’s isolated estate, which is about 50 acres, was the site of a major fundraiser in April 2008 with then-President George W. Bush for state Senator David Cappiello, who was running for the same seat that Roraback is now seeking. The district stretches from Simsbury to Meriden to Danbury to Salisbury.
Roraback is running against Democrat Elizabeth Esty, while Cappiello had been seeking to unseat Congressman Christopher Murphy, who is now running for U.S. Senate against Republican Linda McMahon.
Roraback’s third fundraiser will be with Congressman Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania on Friday, October 26.
“He is likely to be the next chairman of the transportation and infrastructure committee,’’ Roraback said, adding that Shuster will be “meeting with construction company workers and executives to get a first-hand understanding of how much work needs to be done here’’ on Interstate 84, among others.
I-84 “needs a lot of help,” Roraback told Capitol Watch.
The maximum contribution for all three fundraisers, under federal law, is $2,500 per person.
“Obviously, the Democrats are going all out to raise money for my opponent, and I’m happy to have the help of my party to answer some pretty outrageous and untruthful ads,” Roraback said.
Roraback, an attorney who attended Yale University and the University of Virginia, is battling against Esty, who attended Harvard College and Yale Law School.